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Poster: AnnaN Date: Mar 24, 2009 11:02am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: missing book volumes

Actually, the only way to request the additional volumes be added is to contact the contributing library. (The folks process the contributing library's scan requests.)

Also, have you seen that the Boston Public Library is offering scan by request to help make books available? When complete, the book becomes available at and through the Open Library project.

Books Available for Scan-On-Demand (Boston Public Library)

We are excited to announce a new program to allow users and patrons to "scan-on-demand". It's simple to use: just search for a public domain book on and, if it's at the Boston Public Library and hasn't been scanned yet, there will be a "Scan This Book" button on the left-hand side.


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Poster: stbalbach Date: Mar 25, 2009 5:42pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: missing book volumes

Hi Anna,

I added it to my unofficial FAQ. If you have suggestions or changes please let me know, thanks for the information about Boston scan-on-demand.


#. How can I request books to be scanned?

Internet Archive works with 135 libraries worldwide (as of 2009). Each library decides which books in its collection it will scan. Typically the libraries are fronting the cost of the scanning - either doing it themselves, or paying Internet Archive to come in and do it. Thus, requests for books are made to the library directly. There are two ways to do it:

The easy way:
1. The Boston Public Library has an automated "scan-on-demand" system. See this link for more information.

The hard way:
2. If the book is not in the BPL, find which library has the book (using, and is also one of the 135 libraries that partner with Internet Archive, and also a library still making new scans, and make a request with that library (this section needs more how-to).


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